Facebook/Friends of the Goldstream Nature House
The number of salmon spotted by group of volunteers that walks the Goldstream River every Wednesday has dropped significantly this year.
On November 8th, they counted 2,066 salmon, down from 6,754 around the same date in 2016 and 12,539 in 2015.
The average number of salmon spotted at this time of year over the previous 5 years was more than 14,000 according to records from the Friends of the Goldstream Nature House.
The news was posted on the group’s Facebook page, they call the count a “snapshot of salmon returns”.
“What does this mean? Is the run just late? Did something happen to our Chum on their way to the river? What is the story on other rivers? We will just have to wait and see,” the post reads.
The group says a lot of visitors this year have asked if the return seems low.